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15 Photos Of Soldiers’ Hands Show The Toll Of Their Powerful Sacrifices.

2. Matthew Goddard, United States Marine Corps, 2010-2014

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    “Both my grandfathers served in in the military in World War II. My grandpa Goddard was the first infantry into Germany. So, I guess it came natural to honor the ones who went before me and to help play a small role in defending this great country of ours.

    When I think of the word ‘dedication’ I also think of hard work. With that being said, I gave the Marine Corps 100 percent of my mind and body. I was a combat engineer and deployed to Afghanistan to clear roads of IEDs (improvised explosive devices) getting down on my hands and knees to locate and destroy explosives – let me be the first to inform you, that dirt is not soft.

    Also, I had to fortify outposts and bases with hundreds of feet of razor wire. No matter what gloves you wore, they were destroyed. And of course, utilizing heavy machine guns and weapons in general took a great toll on my hands.â€

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